When I told my family that I wanted to start my own web agency, they looked at me like “are you crazy?”. Well, maybe. At the time, I hadn’t graduated yet and I didn’t know how work life really was. I only knew that I had the motivation to start an adventure in another country.
Finally, after graduating, I applied for a job in Luxembourg, because my boyfriend still had one year left to study, so I had to wait for him.
That was almost 3 years ago. So, what went wrong (or right eventually)?
I stayed 2 years working there, but the 6 months before I quit were horrible.
When you have EB, it is not only your skin that is damaged. Your inside body and your psyche can also be damaged (I am sure you know what I mean).
For example, when I’m stressed, my skin condition gets worse and painful. Pain doesn’t let you concentrate, like when you have a headache, you just want to rest.
Because of the pressure I had to endure at work, I got myself stuck into a stressful and depressing bubble.
During the last 6 months of my job, I was basically sick all the time. I had to ask for doctor certificates, so I could stay at home and rest. I was so depressed and felt like shit, wondering if I could ever return to my job or simply have a job at all. Then, what was meant to happen happened: I was forced to quit.
At the time, I was sad, but after that, I realized it was my only chance to start a new life and launch my own business.
1 Companies want efficient people
Most of companies want to make money. They only hire efficient people that will work many hours and bring them profitable contracts. So let’s face it: with most of EB types, it’s difficult to be efficient all the time. In a good day, you will be efficient maybe at 80%, in a bad day, maybe 50% and in a really bad day, not more than 30%. Working for someone who expects you to be efficient at 100% (sometimes more), will crush you mentally, because you won’t be able to do it, even if you try hard, because you are a warrior (I bet you are, but even warriors have their limits). As an entrepreneur you don’t have to be efficient, you just have to work and earn enough money to live decently.
2 EB needs time
In most cases, a workday starts at 9 am. It means that if you have to make bandages before getting dressed (like me), you need time to do that, so you have to wake up earlier. I usually need 30 min to sort out my skin and that’s because I don’t need a lot of bandages, but I’m sure some of you need way more than that to make it. It is really difficult to be that early at work when you must treat your skin before. Entrepreneurship gives you flexibility in terms of work time.
3 Your body needs to come first
In order to keep your sanity, physically as well as mentally, you must listen to your needs. If you work for a company, work comes first, and your own body will come secondly, or you might loose your job. But if you work for yourself, you can decide your work time, and put yourself first before your work. If you need to stay in bed, because you had a shitty night, you must be able to do that. If you need a nap in the middle of your workday, just do it. Being entrepreneur means being free to adapt your work according to your body needs. It will prevent stress situations from ruining your life.
4 Stay zen
Being an entrepreneur is not easy, but it gives you the freedom to do whatever you want. Nobody is there to judge you, telling you what you have to do. When you struggle with EB, you must be able to live your life at your own rhythm. By doing that, you can stay zen and have a good quality of life without stress, nor pressure.
5 Choose your workplace
This last reason depends on what kind of job you want to do. Being entrepreneur gives you the chance to choose where you want to work. Do you prefer to work from home? Or maybe to have a little office only for you? Or to go to a co-working space? It’s up to you! Working in a space where you feel good is very important to help you do your job peacefully and in a better way.
Being an entrepreneur is not always easy, it requires self investment, work and dedication. It takes time to have a regular income, some jobs more than others. But the most important thing when you struggle with EB is to have a good, happy and peaceful life, without stress. And entrepreneurship will give you that.